Youth Peacebuilding

Music, Gender, and Change

By Lesley J. Pruitt

Subjects: Peace, Music, Gender Studies, Sociology
Series: SUNY series, Praxis: Theory in Action
Paperback : 9781438446547, 285 pages, January 2014
Hardcover : 9781438446554, 285 pages, April 2013

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Table of contents

1. Youth in Peace and Conflict
2. Music Makes the (Young) People Come Together?
3. The Beat on the Ground: Introducing the Case Studies
4. Building Peace Through a Musical Dialogue
5. Shifting Identities, Performing Peace
6. Making Space, Creating Common Ground
7. Gendering the Jam: Possibilities and Prohibitions
Appendix 1. Third Place Respondent Demographics
Appendix 2. Third Place Participant Interview Schedule
Appendix 3. Third Place Facilitator Demographics
Appendix 4. Third Place Facilitator Interview Schedule
Appendix 5. Breaking Barriers Respondent Demographics
Appendix 6. Breaking Barriers Youth Participant Interview Schedule
Appendix 7. Breaking Barriers Facilitator Demographics
Appendix 8. Breaking Barriers Facilitator Interview Schedule

Defines a new research area linking youth cultures and music with peacebuilding practice and policy.


This book highlights the important role youth can play in processes of peacebuilding by examining music as a tool for engaging youth in such activities. As Lesley J. Pruitt discusses throughout the book, music—as expression, as creation, as inspiration—can provide many unique insights into transforming conflicts, altering our understandings, and achieving change. She offers detailed empirical work on two youth peacebuilding programs in Australia and Northern Ireland, countries that appear overtly peaceful, but where youth still face structural violence and related direct violence at the community level. She also pays careful attention to the ways in which gender norms might influence young people's participation in music-based peacebuilding activities. Ultimately, the book defines a new research area linking youth cultures and music with peacebuilding practice and policy.

Lesley J. Pruitt is a McKenzie Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne in Australia.